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The reality is that Xiaomi is making the best phones especially when one thinks about devices that cost less than Rs 20,000. But while these phones are very good, they are rarely given competition because the gulf between the phones from alternative brands is so big or most of the alternatives aren’t as widely available as the Redmi’s which admittedly sell like hotcakes. So when Huawei decided to launch the new Y9 Prime, it had to make sure its supply chain was in order, that these phones were available online and offline while also offering something more than Xiaomi’s all-conquering phones. And when enters the domain of the Y9 prime it is not hard to understand why these phones can be great alternatives and be amongst the best sub Rs 20,000 phones. 

Why this phone matters?

  • Firstly, triple cameras are in vogue these days. People want the third camera and Huawei is giving a very affordable triple camera solution — you get a 16-megapixel main camera, an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. Going by Huawei’s history in camera tech, one can rest assured that this is going to be a pretty mean camera stack apart from being the most versatile package. Of course, we need to test this and put the device through the paces. Competitor smartphones, though have, very good but dual camera modules.
  • Pop up selfie cameras are also the rage and Huawei is boasting one featuring a 16-megapixel resolution leveraging Huawei’s AI engine which can be theoretically quite good. Usually, no other brand apart from Google has better camera technology. 
  • With a 6.59-inch screen with a resolution crossing the full HD mark, this phone gives a screen to body ratio of more than 91% which one usually associates with high-end flagship phones. Sure, you’re getting an LCD screen but, this should be a pretty pin-sharp screen all -things considered. It is also a pretty large screen, larger than what’s available which makes it the only option for many people. 
  • Performance-wise Huawei phones use a combination of proprietary silicon optimised with its own software and file system which makes things super smooth and also ages the phone in a more graceful way. Sure, Kirin 710F processor isn’t as fast as some of the competition and it isn’t the class-leading solution for PUBG addicts, but those who want a phone to get things done, this could be more reliable as Huawei’s software remains smoother for longer periods than things like MiUI or Samsung’s user experience. Coupled with the 4,000mAh battery, this phone should have killer battery life. That would be worthing thinking about as brute force specs aren’t the end-all. 
  • Last but not the least is the fact that Huawei is sweetening the deal especially for those who buy the phone offline with a huge 15,600mAh battery and Huawei’s wireless Sport BT headphones which is something people in India are going to love as most phones don’t come bundled with most phones leave alone pretty nice wireless ones. 

These phones will be available both online and offline which means Huawei is targeting a wide gamut of an audience with these phones. On paper, these phones have solid fundamentals which could make them popular. 

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